Heavy rainstorms can pose a serious flooding and water damage threat to any Willoughby home. Unless you know what to do to prepare for flooding from rainstorms, you put your home at unnecessary risk. Don’t let yourself make that mistake! Below are four tips from our restoration experts at Pine Ridge Restoration on how you can avoid water damage to your home during rainstorms.
If you know that a major storm is coming, it’s a good idea to get on your roof beforehand to check for any damage that could lead to a leak. Look for old, broken, or missing shingles as those are usually an indication that you are vulnerable to water damage. It’s also smart to get back on your roof after a large storm to check for any damage caused by the storm. If there’s ever a time for damage to occur, it is then. Checking it right away will likely ensure that you have the chance to fix any damage before another storm comes.
Keeping your rain gutters clean is the most obvious and well-known thing you can do to fortify your home against flooding during a storm since that is exactly what rain gutters are designed for. As helpful as rain gutters can be, though, they can also be your own worst enemy. This happens when you neglect cleaning your rain gutters, allowing them to become clogged with leaves and debris. In a rainstorm, the leaves and debris in your gutters will make it impossible for the water to flow through them resulting in the water spilling out over the sides and possibly flooding your home.
This is an easy way to keep your home safe from water damage during a storm. You can buy a good window well cover for well under $100 and it will keep any rainwater from flooding your basement through your window wells. Just make sure that you have your window well covers actually covering your window wells when a storm hits.
If there are any gaps or cracks in your home’s foundation, water could seep into your home during a heavy rain and cause major water damage. Water is crafty and will find entry points. Repair any cracks you find and call a professional if you need backup. This really is critical since your foundation is your basement’s last line of defense against flooding. A solid foundation devoid of weak spots will prevent flooding from occurring in your home even in cases where most other homes would be flooded.
We hope you find these tips helpful for preventing water damage, rainstorms, and all other times. Nonetheless, if your home does ever flood, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us at Pine Ridge Restoration and our restoration experts will be right out to help you deal with the damage and get you through the cleaning and restoration process.